I am passionate about knowing how people develop language proficiency.
I enjoy teaching not only Japanese language but the content areas related to Japan and people there. It is very interesting to discuss various issues in Japan with students from various cultures and countries at MIIS. It enables me to see my own country from broader perspectives.
Second language acquisition (I am particularly interested in the pragmatic and grammatical development among learners of Japanese.)
Foreign language pedagogy
Completion of my PhD dissertation (2014)
Presentation of my research on the acquisition of subject referential forms among learners of Japanese at SLRF (Second Language Research Forum, 2013) and ASPAC (Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, 2013) conferences.
My career as an instructor of Japanese started at Indiana University, where I obtained MA and PhD degrees. Before the current engagement at MIIS, I taught Japanese at Santa Clara University.
PhD in Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington
MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington
BA in English and American at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Takeuchi, M. (2014). Subject referential expressions and encoding of referential status in L2 narrative discourse by L1-English learners of Japanese. Doctoral Dissertation, Indiana University.
Takeuchi, M. (2010). The Perception of Geminate Stops by L1 English Learners of Japanese. Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online, Vol. 10.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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JALA 8230 - Intermediate Japanese
JALA 8260 - Intermediate Japanese
JALA 8300 - Advanced Japanese
JALA 8301 - Advanced Japanese
JALA 8312 - Japanese Society & Culture
Fall 2014 - MIIS
JALA 8341 - Aspects of Japanese Society
Fall 2013 - MIIS
JALA 8343 - Current Pol/Soc Issues Japan
This is a Japanese language course for students at the intermediate level and above. The goal of the course is to further enhance the students’ language proficiency in the four communication skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) through studying current social/political issues in Japan. While aiming to enhancing the communication skills holistically, particular emphasis is placed on reading of authentic materials, such as newspaper, online news articles, magazine, and speech manuscript. Activities will include reading of authentic materials that are both assigned by the instructor and chosen by students, having discussion about the topics, studying of intermediate-advanced grammar/vocabulary/kanji necessary to understand the authentic reading materials, writing summary and opinions, presenting group work to the class, and discussing language learning strategies that you could use for such activities.
Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS
JALA 8349 - Current News in Japan
This is an intermediate (3rd-year college level) Japanese course designed to further develop oral and written communication skills through discussion on the current news in Japan. Students will watch the natural speed news, summarize and present the content in their own words, write their opinions/views on the issues, etc. The authentic NHK news will be utilized for materials as well as web-based news program, along with some newspaper/magazine articles for supplementary reading.
Fall 2012 - MIIS
JALA 8391 - ContempTexts:PolBusIntlAffairs
This course is for advanced Japanese readers focusing on further developing reading and communication skills by using authentic and current publications. The primary objective is to help students develop reading proficiencies in Japanese at the advanced level in the subject matter, such as international relations, economic affairs, energy and the environment, domestic politics social issues and defense and security issues. Some reading strategies will be introduced as well as advanced grammar/structural review. The students are assumed to know some basic terminology related to those subjects and have a solid foundation in Japanese grammar.
Spring 2014 - MIIS